Parking changes take effect on campus
Drivers who park on campus will see a number of changes over the next days, weeks and months as the programme of campus development continues.
The Mantell car park (P6), which is on the site of the new East Slope development of student residences, will close on Saturday (10 December). This date was brought forward from January 2017 so that contractors can safely complete their site-survey work in the areas of the site currently used for parking.
Information about where to park on campus is available on the website for Sussex Estates and Facilities (SEF). Drivers who currently park in P6 may wish to consider using the car park adjacent to Lewes Court (P9), which usually has spaces.
In recent weeks the University has also been investigating options for alternative temporary parking.
Charles Dudley, Director of Residential & Campus Services, says: “As each construction project progresses, the overall number of car parking spaces will be maintained at the existing levels.
“We are working hard to put in place new temporary parking and will be letting people know about this as soon as possible.”
In 2017, work will begin to prepare for construction of a new, permanent car park on the West Slope of campus. The existing Arts car park (P7) will close in March and the new multi-storey Jubilee car park is expected to be ready for use in autumn 2017.
These changes to the provision of car parking form part of a wider parking strategy as the University’s major programme of campus development continues over the next few years.
The current parking policy is also being reviewed and a revised policy will be introduced in 2017; any changes could apply to both staff and/or students. Parking for cyclists, motorcyclists and disabled staff and students will continue to be provided free of charge.
Alongside these amendments to the provision and policy for car parking, the University continues to explore a range of initiatives as part of the overall travel plan, including improved pedestrian routes on and around campus.
Planned improvements for cyclists include more cycle parking on campus as well as the introduction of a Cycle to Work scheme (a tax-efficient way of encouraging staff to take up cycling).
After the end of the autumn term, the corner of the road at the top of Boiler House Hill will be remodelled to make it safer for traffic – including contractors’ lorries but also bendy buses – to turn left down the hill or right along Knights Gate Road.
Liaison also continues with the relevant companies about possible improvements to the bus and train services that serve campus.
I use the 23 bus from Brighton Marina. Times are respected in the morning but the afternoons and evenings have terribly irregualr times; often an hour goes by without a bus; also the printed timetables at the stops have complltetely erroneous times and ought to be updated. It looks like anarchy by the drivers or cancellation of buses due to general lack of interest. Fortunately the 25 doesn't suffer from the same problem.
Also, the 23 bus is used by people who could use other buses as they are getting off on Lewes road, meaning that people like me, who live on the bus route further on, can't get on it and have to go on a magical mystery tour of Brighton every evening.
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